The state Building Commission on Wednesday approved millions of dollars to renovate facilities in Wausau and Green Bay for new regional campuses for the Medical College of Wisconsin.
The commission, headed by Gov. Scott Walker, released $5.3 million to go toward remodeling a facility in Green Bay and toward buying equipment and improving technology at a Wausau office building that the college will lease temporarily.
The private medical college, based in suburban Milwaukee, has said its new regional facilities will help address a growing shortage of Wisconsin physicians and residencies for medical students. The college said in its application that its new campuses will train 50 students per class in “medically underserved areas” of the state, including central Wisconsin.
The Green Bay-area campus is expected to begin offering classes next summer in a St. Norbert College science building currently being expanded and renovated.
State lawmakers previously approved $7.3 million to help with the expansions, about half of the projected $14.77 million in overall costs. Equipment alone is expected to cost $3.5 million for the Wausau site.
Spokeswoman Maureen Mack said college officials plan to pursue the remaining $2 million in state funds after they identify a permanent location for the Wausau campus.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette contributed.